Where can we go on holiday with our sports crazy kids?

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Q. Our kids, aged 7 and 13, are sports crazy, but we also want a holiday that offers relaxation for the grown-ups. Any ideas?

By Amanda Statham, Editor

A short sprint from Murcia in southern Spain, La Manga Club has a fantastic array of sports activities and academies for children and adults. Tennis, golf, football, cricket, rugby, sailing and athletics are all covered. The facilities are second to none, boasting three golf courses and a 28-court tennis centre.

If you’ve got a budding Novak Djokovic or Serena Williams, La Manga Club is the ideal place to hone their tennis skills. Mickey’s Academy is for little ones as young as three, while the Pro Tennis Academy will challenge advanced junior competition players up to the age of 19.

Aimed at 7-12 year-olds, La Manga’s Daley Thomson Athletics Academy has been designed by the double Olympic Champion to include everything from running techniques and sprint starts to throwing skills and team tactics. The Michael Owen Junior Rugby Academy, meanwhile, is led by the Six Nations Welsh International champion and is available for two age groups: 9-12 and 13-16. There’s even a Real Madrid Foundation Campus Experience where 7-17 year-olds can learn how to train like Bale and Ronaldo.

There are plenty of opportunities for grown-ups to get in on the sports action at La Manga Club, but the resort also offers more relaxing ways to spend your time, thanks to its excellent accommodation (take your pick from the five-star Hotel Príncipe Felipe or self-catering Las Lomas Village) and impressive spa (choose from no fewer than 50 treatments).

Several leading family holiday operators also combine sport and slumber. Stay at a Club Med.resort, for example, and you could be relaxing by the pool or indulging in a massage while your children get to grips with golf, tennis, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing or wakeboarding. Many resorts have Club Med Passworld or Junior Club Med designed exclusively for children aged 11-17.

Also consider Mark Warner. Its new Phokaia Beach Resort in Turkey has supervised kids clubs, all of which feature daily programmes packed with a veritable Olympiad of sports, from table tennis and beach volleyball to kayaking and sailing.

If you’d prefer to focus on water sports, an exciting option is the Maldives where some resort hotels excel at child-friendly activities. The Four Seasons Kuda Huraa has a kids spa, surf school and marine discovery centre, while Six Senses Lammu has world-class surfing, wake-boarding and scuba-diving.

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